Ashok Kamal is Co-Founder & CEO of LaunchLeader, which is a micro-crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs to raise startup money from friends and family. Ashok also co-founded SIVI, the virtual incubator, and Bennu, the leader in green social media marketing.
Ashok's career as a social entrepreneur spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including launching a progressive entertainment company, leading a youth development organization, and working on Newsweek magazine's inaugural Green Rankings while at KLD Research & Analytics, the pioneering sell-side firm for socially responsible investors.
Ashok holds a BA in Sociology and Environmental Analysis & Policy from Boston University and a master's in Nonprofit Management from Milano The New School. He earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College's Honors program, where he served as President of the Sustainable Business Club, Baruch's Net Impact chapter. He has also studied abroad at the Indian Institute of Management, India's premier business school.
Ashok has received numerous awards related to social enterprise. His writings on social enterprise and technology are regularly featured on leading websites including VentureBeat, GreenBiz and Triple Pundit. He is also a frequent public speaker at events such as the White House’s GreenGov Symposium, South by Southwest, Gamification Summit, The Web Summit, Social Media Week and Sustainable Brands. Ashok is a board member of the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, a member of Green Seal’s Advisory Council, and he volunteers as a mentor for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In his spare time he loves discovering weird vegetarian food and playing fantasy baseball.